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Trust for Public Land Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  1. "Amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with for a great cause.

    Cons

    Resources can be spread out


  2. "Dysfunctional leadership; overly political"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The folks who work on the ground are wonderful, smart and passionate. And the mission is hard to top. Who doesn't want to leave a lasting legacy. That said ....

    Cons

    Senior leadership is dysfunctional, overpaid, and out of touch with staff. When you have a CEO who makes over $600K in compensation despite running a deficit budget year-over-year, resulting in multiple rounds of lay-offs and office closures, you know the board is stacked. If you aren't political and into nodding along nicely with whomever is holding the microphone, you won't go far. Career and professional advancement is practically nonexistent, and HR does little by way of promoting a healthy, robust culture. That department is at the service of the executives. The culture, at least towards the the top, is pretty sexist. And bossy has yet to be banned.

    The organization pays lip service to diversity, is overly risk-averse, and has repeatedly paid gross amounts of money to consultants to develop verbose strategic plans that never materialize. TPL has been "in transition" for more than 10 years. It's about time it grew up and acted like an adult.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your staff, they are all you have. Time to get woke.

  3. "Good people, but not a place for a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time

    Pros

    You'll meet and work with a lot of really great people. Pay and benefits aren't too bad.

    Cons

    Management/leadership has some issues here. They make questionable decisions, and communicate poorly with staff.

    Advice to Management

    Put a little bit more thought into decisions that impact your staff across the board--salary, layoffs, etc--and give some thought to how it might affect morale.


  4. "Poor Senior Management and atrocious staff morale."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trust for Public Land full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compelling mission--land conservation reigns. Urban programs are ill-defined.

    Cons

    Unable to retain employees. Lost a number of great program and state directors over the past year. Little regard or recognition for staff. Terrible communication from San Francisco office to field staff. Many employees feel they may become unemployed, as the budget is uncertain--and most have their resumes ready to go,

    Advice to Management

    Hire new HR team that can address very serious morale issues.


  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trust for Public Land full-time

    Pros

    Great mission; great people. Small conservation organization gives an opportunity to have a real impact.

    Cons

    Culture in transition. Can be hard to stay abreast of changes.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal communications and employee recognition.


  6. "Mission Driven and Inspired"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lesser known national organization which leaves room for growth. Geographically dispersed, which fosters autonomy. Highly accomplished professionals, respected in their fields, leading project offices.

    Cons

    Considerable time and effort required to become known in the community since the organization is not well known. Reporting lines can be somewhat restricting since you may be supervised by people in several different cities.

    Advice to Management

    Better use of information technology and social media.


  7. "Great Place, Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I worked with wonderful people in this office. Hard working and very dedicated. Very interesting projects going on.

    Cons

    Much of the staff seem overworked. A few "strong personalities" in my particular office. Senior management is often disconnected from the rest of the organization.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Can't get our of their own way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trust for Public Land full-time

    Pros

    I worked at The Trust for Public Land for more than a decade. The mission is amazing, and the project and program staff are amazing, hard-working, and dedicated: most projects are deeply connected to the mission. They greatly improved their marketing/branding and philanthropy/case for giving. And they've led on key services, such as voter funding for conservation, advancing park-making in cities, and the role of cities in addressing climate change. There is lots of promise in the mission and in the staff.

    Cons

    The management of the organization centers around one thing: risk aversion. Anything bold is undermined by poor execution and lack of accountability. When they develop new operational plans, they can't follow through. Everything is half-measures at best. The will and talent to drive a culture of endeavor and promise is completely lacking. And some management can be downright spiteful. I never experienced it directly but I saw it countless times, and it is disheartening and can take a long to recover from. Added to this core dysfunction, they do have too many "business centers" and it is nearly impossible to keep track of what matters and when, and who you need to interface with and when to move projects and programs forward.

    Advice to Management

    Get operations in order, and invest in and value your staff's dedication.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Rewarding but tense"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Trust for Public Land full-time

    Pros

    Mission - land for people - and values - fairness and equity - are very satisfying. Small teams deliver a lot, working on projects in inner cities and natural areas. Gives new staff the chance to work on big projects quickly.
    Offices are nice, benefits are good. Lots of good people.

    Cons

    Constant budget worries. Superficial pc niceness masks edgy, competitive team dynamics, and old school culture. Big gaps between stated strategy and day-to-day work. Flat structure means advancement is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Never-ending planning is as demoralizing as the problems it is supposed to address.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "What happened to this place?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some genuinely great people here.

    Vacation policy is average.

    Cons

    Talented and hardworking people do the majority of the work, until they resign from being overworked or until they realize that the working conditions will not improve. A raise or a promotion happens, only if you're on the right team.

    There has been an increase in many good talent leaving the company. Turnover is much too high, even for nonprofits.

    The longer you work here, the more you realize there is a lack of unity between departments (and sometimes within the same department). Team environment is sorely missing, yet much needed.

    Managers aren't aware of how much time it takes to do tasks. People who are hard working end up doing the majority of work. People who are lazy end up watching youtube videos because their work doesn't take long.

    Advice to Management

    Modify annual performance reviews so that in addition to managers evaluating their direct reports, the direct reports also evaluate the managers.


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